Fast-Track Detective Constable

Job Description

Start your career now with Cheshire Constabulary and let us reveal your inner Detective.

Being a Detective is not only challenging, it is extremely rewarding. You will be the difference that helps make Cheshire safer, serve our local communities and strive to achieve the right outcome for victims and their families. Analysing the evidence, interviewing suspects, taking a case to court – you will uncover the truth and seek justice for victims.

This is an intensive course, which will require commitment and dedication to both serving the public and meeting the demands of the development programme. In return, we promise a good starting salary, supportive working environment, great training experiences and opportunities for progression. You will be paid an initial salary of £24,780 per annum potentially rising to £41,130 within your first 6 years.

The Fast Track Detective Programme is completely new to Cheshire Constabulary and we have designed this course to equip you with the right knowledge and resources to support you in becoming an accredited Detective in just under two years. This is a brand new entry route into Policing, which has been developed by Cheshire’s lead Crime Training Team.

Training will initially be at Cheshire Police Headquarters in Winsford, where you will begin initial 18 weeks of training and gain the fundamental skills and knowledge you need to succeed. You will then be posted to an LPU and spend up to 18 months on Response, applying what you have learnt.

You will also be required to sit the National Investigators’ Examination; a multiple choice exam which is designed to ensure individuals have the right knowledge, understanding and application of relevant law and procedure to perform effectively as a detective.

Further information regarding the eligibility criteria can be found at:

Key Dates:

  • All dates are subject to change
  • Advert opens – 11th January 2021
  • Advert closes – 23rd January 2021
  • Online assessment centre – W/C 8th February 2021
  • Interviews – W/C 29th March 2021
  • Pre-employment day – W/C 12th April 2021
  • Medical appointments – Throughout April & May 2021
  • Intake – 28th June 2021

If after the pre-employment checks we are not in a position to offer you a start date in June 2021, your application will not be carried over to a future intake.

We anticipate this role to be very popular and we may need to close early should we reach the desired number of applications. Apply early to avoid disappointment.

To access the application form, please click here

Please make every effort to complete the application form electronically as opposed to hand-writing the form. Once completed, please attach the form to your online application.

If you already have passed either the online assessment centre or SEARCH assessment centre, please attached either a copy of your feedback report or the confirmation on passing the assessment centre email.

For any further questions, please contact

The police service is proud to be an equal opportunities employer. We are keen to support people with disabilities (as per the definition set out in the Equality Act 2010) and wider conditions, including neurodiversity. We are committed to every member of our policing community working in a fair and inclusive environment. We are determined to ensure that:

  • the working environment is free from any form of discrimination, victimisation or harassment
  • no job applicant or employee is treated more or less favourably on the grounds of age, disability, ethnicity, gender reassignment, marriage, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy or religion or beliefs